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5.0 out of 5 stars
The definitive recording, 25 Jan 2011
This is, without a doubt, the best recording of Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust". I simply can't understand why it's not available. Kenneth Riegel is a magnificent Faust, while Frederika von Stade's Marguerite has the right balance of passion and delicacy. The tempi are spot-on: the Rakoczy march in particular is played too slowly on the majority of other recordings. The climax, with the race to the abyss & pandemonium, work better here than in any other version I've heard.